Judges

GOD DELIVERS

This incredible book is written to remind the people of Israel how faithful God was when he was their King. Hindsight is a great thing and the writer of Judges is reminding the people of Israel how God saved them and provided strong leaders (Judges) to deliver his people every time they cried out to him. The cycle of sin is going to annoy you, they do their own thing, they get into trouble, they cry out to God, God raises up a hero to deliver them, there is peace for a while and then the cycle starts again - but how many times have we done that in our lives? Learn from their mistakes as you read Judges and see God rescue them over and over again.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

 
 

 

Part One

When God rescues you, let it change your life and how you live it.

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don't be a 'then' christian

One of the repeated terms in Judges is “Then Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” You are going to see this (and highlight it!) over and over again as we journey through Judges. It is really very annoying, to be honest. I am a freak at doing everything right, a stickler for the rules and making sure that when I put my hand to a task I give it 100%. So I have to say Judges is a little frustrating for me. I had to keep reminding myself that this is generation after generation because if this book was the life of just one person, this person is an idiot. The merry-go-round of doing evil…being overtaken…left in bondage for a time…crying out to God…God saving them by raising up a deliverer.. in peace for a time… then doing evil again. Oh my goodness, it really gets very annoying.

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Part Two

But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

J 16:22


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BEST-SUPPORTING ACTOR AWARD GOES TO… 

When I read the Bible, I like to look beyond the main story, the main characters and find the person that God has put in there to surprise us. At times these people can be overlooked in the big scheme of things but God has called these faithful people and put their story into the Bible to show us, that every story matters if you take the time to hear it and learn from it.

I know you are probably expecting a Dive on Samson, or Deborah or Gideon but you know us here at TYB we are all about you thinking outside the box in your study of the Bible, so in this Dive for the book of Judges I want to highlight, Manoah and his wife, Samson's mum and dad. We can overlook this seemingly insignificant couple, I mean the main person we want to focus in on is Samson, right? No! Let me show you the treasures found in noticing the “best-supporting actors” when you read your Bible.

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Part Three

Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him

J 14:19


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IS THE HOLY SPIRIT FOUND IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

I love teaching because it really shows you what you do and don’t know about the Bible. Students come up with the best questions, that can challenge the way you think as a teacher. One great question was from a student in my Luke-Acts class. I was teaching on Acts 2 the coming of the Holy Spirit and the student raised their hand and asked "The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost in Acts 2 and as Pentecostals, we make a big deal of this moment. The chapter is called The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost, so I’m guessing that there was no Holy Spirit in the Old Testament at all?" What a great question!

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DEEP DIVE

THE IMMUTABLE SPIRIT & THE JUDGES

The book of Judges is a unique book, in and of itself the book appears to merely be a partial historical recount of the nation of Israel. However, with further study, there is much more available to the reader. Much more depth and profound teaching that one can absorb and apply to their life today.

The Immutable Spirit

One idea believers frequently encounter when talking about the Bible is the separation of the New Testament and the Old Testament. We will continue to assert that in fact, they are not separate but rather, distinct. This idea particularly infiltrates theology concerning the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology).

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